Camp Logan Essay

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Camp Logan the forgotten Cynthia A Gutierrez DeVry University Did you know that today’s favorite runner’s park, Memorial Park was actually once a military training facility just west of the outskirts of Houston Texas called Camp Logan? The thing that surprises me is how little you will hear or read about Camp Logan in any of the books dedicated to Houston’s history. Camp Logan was a training camp set up to prepare soldiers for combat during World War I. It was one of two training facilities established in the Houston area during that time, the other being Ellington Field. It was named for Major General John A. Logan, a prominent Civil War Union officer. The developed area of Camp Logan was 3,002 acres within a tract of 9,560 acres. Camp Logan was a tent camp supplemented by 1329 wooden buildings with a troop capacity of 44,899 men. Despite the enormous amount of work that went into building Camp Logan, it only operated as a military establishment for 20 months, from 1917 – 1919. Construction on Camp Logan began in spring of 1917 and on July 27, 1917 the U.S. Army ordered the all black 3rd Battalion of the 24th United States Infantry Regiment to travel to Houston by train from their camp at Columbus, New Mexico, along with seven white commissioned officers to guard the Camp Logan construction site One afternoon shortly after the arrival of the 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Infantry Regiment, a solider from the 24th Infantry was off duty and came upon a crowd that seemed to be watching a woman being beaten and assaulted by two white police officers. The soldier stepped up to inquire about the assault but was arrested and beaten and charged with interfering with the arrest of the publicly drunken woman. Later that day, Corporal Charles Baltimore went to the Houston police station to investigate the arrest, as well as the beating of another

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